New and Emerging Jobs in Oregon: The Latest Trends

by Jessica Nelson

January 18, 2022

The Oregon Employment Department’s occupational employment projections through the year 2030 include the latest trends in new and emerging jobs in Oregon. Projections provide the expected growth rate and annual openings for 686 different occupations from 2020 to 2030. Occupations generally include numerous types of jobs, from old familiar job titles, to new job titles that may not even exist yet. In many cases, new and emerging jobs are reflected within the fastest growing occupations.

This projections cycle accounts for recovery from low employment levels in 2020 due to the COVID-19 recession, which has shifted the occupational pattern some, showing more job opportunity in fields that lost a lot of jobs to the pandemic. Much of that recovery has already taken place with rapid hiring in 2021. Many of the fastest growing occupations in these 2020 to 2030 projections are those that lost a lot of jobs in the pandemic recession in 2020. These jobs don’t fit the description of “new and emerging”; some are among the largest occupations in the state. Thus, any occupation that dropped more jobs in 2020 than the 6% average across the economy has been removed from the dataset considered here. Occupations with fewer than 500 jobs in 2020 are also excluded.

Some fast growing jobs are in health care as the sector adapts to new technology, new ways of providing health care, and an aging population. New and emerging jobs are also creating fast growth in occupations related to data analysis and high tech. These trends are consistent with expectations from prior to the pandemic. Investing in health care and STEM education and technical skills is a solid bet in today’s economy – these jobs will continue to be in demand.

The fastest growing occupations in health care are:

  • Nurse practitioners: 62% growth; 300 annual openings
  • Physical therapist assistants: 43% growth; 143 annual openings
  • Physician assistants: 39% growth; 169 annual openings
  • Medical and health services managers: 38% growth; 599 annual openings
  • Physical therapist aides: 30% growth; 82 annual openings
  • Speech-language pathologists: 28% growth; 153 annual openings
  • Health specialties teachers, postsecondary: 27% growth; 323 annual openings
Data analysis and high tech are also among the fastest growing occupations:
  • Statisticians: 40% growth; 80 annual openings
  • Data scientists and mathematical science occupations: 40% growth; 91 annual openings
  • Information security analysts: 38% growth; 144 annual openings
  • Market research analysts and marketing specialists: 30% growth; 1,167 annual openings.
  • Software developers and software quality assurance: 28% growth; 1,767 annual openings
 Almost all of the jobs in the fast-growth health care, data science, and technology fields require at least some postsecondary training beyond high school, and many require bachelors and advanced degrees. But there are several occupations growing very quickly that offer opportunity for those with a high school education. During the pandemic we began to depend more on some of these jobs, and a portion of those structural changes will persist long after the pandemic. The fastest growing of these high-school trained occupations are:
  • Coaches and scouts: 40% growth; 932 annual openings
  • Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks: 39% growth; 680 annual openings
  • Animal caretakers: 34% growth; 631 annual openings
  • Passenger vehicle drivers: 34% growth; 1,543
  • Travel agents: 30% growth; 138 annual openings
  • Interpreters and translators: 30% growth; 245 annual openings
  • Media and communications workers: 29% growth; 72 annual openings
  • Lodging managers: 29% growth; 165 annual openings
Visit the Occupation Profiles for wage information, current job openings, and training requirements for any of these fast-growing jobs, among many others. An overview of projected industry and occupation employment through 2030 is available at www.QualityInfo.org/projections.

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